The Cato Institute�s massive 262-page study, Downsizing Government, by Chris Edwards, is the most recent offering of suggestions and recommendations for cutting severely the size, cost, reach, power and influence of the federal government in the lives of American citizens. In general, those citizens welcome such suggestions, according to Rasmussen Reports, which announced that two out of three Likely Voters they polled �prefer a government with fewer services and lower taxes rather than a more active one with more services and higher taxes.� Surprisingly this was supported by almost half of those Likely Voters who were also Democrats, along with 67 percent of unaffiliated voters, and 90 percent of Republicans voters.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Roger K. Vinson of the Northern District of Florida ruled that the ObamaCare scheme is unconstitutional. In a departure from a similar ruling in a complaint filed in a Virginia federal court, Judge Vinson, a Reagan appointee, declined to sever the individual mandate from the rest of the legislation’s provision, opting instead to declare that the entirety of the law violates the Constitution.
When William Daley, the new White House Chief of Staff said U.S. taxpayers should not pay for infrastructure improvements, it might have sounded to some like a good thing. But the statement he made to Bob Schieffer on Sunday's Face the Nation on Jan. 30 deserves closer examination.
As of January 30, at least one dozen states had introduced bills to nullify the entire ObamaCare law. The twelve states with their corresponding bill numbers are: Texas (HB297), Montana (SB161), New Hampshire (HB26), South Dakota (HB1165), North Dakota (SB2309), Wyoming (HB0035), Oregon (SB498), Indiana (SB505), Maine (LD58), Nebraska (LB515), Oklahoma (HB1276), and Idaho (HB59).
As President Obama used his State of the Union address to highlight the introduction of open homosexuals into the nation’s military, the Pentagon was putting the finishing touches on a plan that will specify how recruiters, commanders, and others within the defense community will comply with the dismantling of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the official policy that has kept practicing homosexuals from openly serving in the armed forces.
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
— U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 3
Though it is touted to reveal budget cuts, President Obama's multi-trillion-dollar budget-to be submitted to Congress on February 14-will fittingly reveal a love affair between the federal government and spending. The budget will also likely set up a conflict between fiscal conservatives and congressional spenders that will take Congress to the 2012 elections.
Two Arizona lawmakers have begun the battle against birthright citizenship.
State Rep. Joe Kavanaugh (left) and Sen. Ron Gould, Republicans who supported Arizona’s law that permits police to question persons about their immigration status in the course of an otherwise lawful contact, have introduced four bills in the state legislature that dney birthright citizenship to the children of illegal aliens.
At first the question sounds like the start of a really bad riddle: When will the government refuse to take your cash? Under normal circumstances, it is hard to even imagine this question ever actually being raised — especially in California, where it appears that almost every level of government is desperate for greenbacks.
The effort by Idaho lawmakers to nullify Obamacare has suffered some temporary setbacks, but is scheduled to be introduced in the Idaho House State Affairs Committee on Monday, February 7. House Bill 59 (H.B. 59), sponsored by Representatives Vito Barbieri and Judy Boyle, and Senators Monty Pearce (photo at left), Steve Vick and Sheryl Nuxoll, declares the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 ("Obamacare") to be "not authorized by the Constitution of the United States," and therefore, "null, void and of no effect regarding any Idaho citizen."
On Saturday, January 29, the Nullify Now! 2011 tour began with a bang in Phoenix, Arizona. Hundreds of people gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Phoenix as the Tenth Amendment Center promoted nullification of unconstitutional acts by the federal government. With an array of reputable speakers like Arizona’s State Senator Sylvia Tenney Allen and The John Birch Society’s CEO, Art Thompson, the event proved to be an educational success.